President Donald Trump selected his CNN nemesis Jim Acosta for a question following the 2018 midterms. They’re not besties.
They’re throwing shade at Mitch McConnell from all over the political map.
Trump needs to fire Mitch's wife. https://t.co/2rl6cIeCCb
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 30, 2018
We talked about Wednesday’s meeting between the President, Sen. McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, where it was understood that compromises were made to expedite the passage of spending bills, including the notion of delaying funding for Trump’s border wall.
I asked Senator McConnell if there was a looming government shutdown ahead of the November midterm elections. “That’s not going to happen,” he snapped back.
Not long thereafter, President Donald Trump weighed in with a differing view of some of Sen. McConnell’s specifics. Big Donnie ain’t having it.
I would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
President Trump wrote on Twitter that he “would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security.”https://t.co/45xf7uiURV
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) July 30, 2018
Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell won’t include Trump’s border wall in the September funding bill pic.twitter.com/nTdn7jvd8P
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) July 29, 2018
In my radio interview, Sen. McConnell also talked about people harassing him outside restaurants.
We also talked about the staggering number of arrests made by ICE, the oddity of Trump inviting Vladimir Putin to the White House, socialists as recurring media darlings, and McConnell’s bromance with Democrat Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer. AUDIO HERE
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and I had another wide-ranging interview today on his conversations with President Donald Trump, local impact from Trump trade tariffs, withering donations to UofL, secrecy in the UofL presidential search, the reshaping of his budget, Medicaid waiver countersuit, striking teachers, and more.
? @GovMattBevin on talks with @realDonaldTrump, proposed trade tariffs, secrecy of UofL presidential search, withering donations to UofL, proposed state budget, striking teachers, #Medicaid waiver countersuit, more ?️ https://t.co/IkVVKiRqvo #USpolitics #tradewar #Kentucky pic.twitter.com/tRs6dZqUIl
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) March 7, 2018
Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. pic.twitter.com/1A3UAZpvPb
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017
NBC News abruptly terminated Matt Lauer for inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. Lauer, the primary anchor of the network’s signature show TODAY, moved from the news desk in 1997 to replace anchor Bryant Gumbel.
As the day played out, more women told their own stories of abuse and discomfort in dealing with Lauer.
Rival ABC News challenged statements by NBC execs claiming they didn’t know anything about Lauer’s workplace misdeeds. Some former NBC employees say that the TODAY show was a “boy’s club” that centered around Lauer and that anchors Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb feigned shock in announcing Lauer’s firing on air.
Accounts of a 2008 NYC Friar’s Roast of Matt Lauer clearly indicate that NBC execs were fully aware of their morning star’s sexcapades. A Village Voice columnist crudely recapped the night as “three hours of dick jokes.”
Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News. Check out Andy Lack’s past!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2017
During Lauer’s tenure there had been personal controversies, tension with female co-hosts, including the awkward removal of beloved anchor Ann Curry, and a rumored affair with former news anchor Natalie Morales. Both Morales and Lauer have denied the allegations. Media couldn’t stop reporting on the alleged affair as Morales was shipped out west to host the fluff-filled NBC show Access Hollywood.
In spite of multiple reports by the New York Times, Variety, and the New York Post detailing abuse stories by many women, NBC News has yet to offer more details about Lauer’s firing or the identity of the original accuser. NBC received a thorough complaint from that co-worker on Monday and investigated all day Tuesday before deciding late that night to fire the network’s longest serving primary news anchor.
Lauer allegedly sent lewd texts and propositioned an intern who accompanied the network crew to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
The New York Times shared more graphic details of another Lauer co-worker’s account of her assault in his office, which is equipped with a button on his desk that automatically locks the door.
Sources at NBC told various media outlets that the door-locking mechanisms are security measures for high profile employees.
Matt Lauer grilled former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly on TODAY in September, asking many questions that other media people would love to ask of him.
Will NBC’s signature comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live skewer Matt Lauer on this weekend’s new episode? The show has been brutal to conservatives like O’Reily who, like Lauer, was fired for sexual harassment in the workplace.
SNL famously avoided torching Harvey Weinstein for weeks before eventually acknowledging his sexual abuse charges. Weinstein, a wealthy Hollywood Liberal who donated millions to Democrats over the years, avoided the instant vilification reserved for conservatives.
Democrat Al Franken, a former SNL cast member, was given one passing shot on the show.
Hillary Clinton gave a hazy reply when asked if she would return millions her family campaigns have accepted from Weinstein.
One archived video the network is sure to scrub from its site is a 2012 parody of various NBC male employees sexually harassing each other. A panel of NBC men and women then join in to laugh about the sketch. Actor Dustin Hoffman, another prominent sexual harasser, ends the segment by making a joke about a news anchor “showing his willie.”
Throwback to 2012 when Matt Lauer was the “real victim” of sexual harassment on the Today show ? pic.twitter.com/mYdnhEV2wv
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) November 29, 2017
AUDIO ? Rep.John Yarmuth appeared on WHAS Radio with me to talk about today’s North Korea missile launch, plus…Should predatory Democrat Rep. John Conyers resign? Is it dereliction of media duty by Cokie Roberts hiding Conyers’ deviance? We also discussed the various Republican tax reform plans, Trump diplomacy, & more #kypolitics
Metro Louisville council member Angela Leet is running for Louisville mayor. We spoke on the radio shortly after her announcement, covering topics from Greg Fischer’s current body of work, murderous 20-year-olds, city infrastructure, prayer patrols, LGBTQ rights, bike lanes, Dan Johnson’s future, and rising Yum Center debt.
This nugget helps Leet avoid the type of derision faced by Sec. of State Alison Grimes, who laughingly avoided answering the CJ’s question of whether she had voted for Barack Obama.
— Phillip M. Bailey (@phillipmbailey) October 4, 2017
Can we begin by reminding everyone that “the media” is a vast universe of unconnected voices who report, commentate, and disseminate news items? It’s true that major media pretends to deliver impartial, objective news but whenever humans are involved, so are their personal views. There is clearly some sort of slant with all human communication.
That’s why it’s so easy to find a comfortable housecoat of your views reflected back onto you from any one of a zillion media outlets.
CJ writer Andy Wolfson notes that “social scientists say (party registration) is a lens that affects how a person perceives the world.” In my case, it is because that’s how my parents were registered and I followed suit. Nonetheless, I am the only person who knows how I vote.
“The Media” is not one voice. I’ve been a media member for 40 years and have worked with extreme personalities on both sides but I’m 100% certain of a liberal media majority. And that certainty grew from my 4 decades of media work in predominately conservative Kentucky.
“The Media” is a horn of plenty but a cacophony of twisted partisanship and idealism. Picture “The Media” as Pamplona’s running bulls with mobile devices. Either get on board or get out of the way. Each media product plays to its own echo chamber.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, a regular guest on my radio show until recently, is using the Donald Trump plan of demonizing “the media” for stories that he feels are at odds with his vision. He is now calling WDRB President and GM Bill Lamb a liar. Ouch.
Governor Bevin recently singled out Lamb and WHAS-11 news anchor Doug Proffitt for their “lies” in editorial responses to the governor’s suggested prayer patrols to help reduce gun violence.
A few hours after the governor’s original video was released, I invited Lamb to respond on my WHAS Radio show. We spoke via telephone and then Lamb came to the studio the next day to continue the rebuttal.
Governor Bevin was not pleased with Lamb’s assertion that he is a “coward” for sidestepping traditional media for direct social media contact with the public.
GOVERNOR REPLIES VIA TEXT
48 hours later, Gov. Bevin texted me and took issue with several points in the Lamb interviews. I cannot share private texts but will give the gist of the governor’s message with limited quotations:
Governor Bevin texted that I should have corrected Lamb’s inaccurate claim that he “wanders in (the radio station) and pontificates on any topic that pleases him.”
The governor continued: “In all the years you have known me and the many many times I have been on your show, have I ever once asked to you (sic) to discuss a certain topic or said that I didn’t want to discuss a certain topic? Ever?” Bevin also noted that I picked “the topics of conversation 100% of the time.”
The governor took offense at my characterization of him opting for social media platforms like Facebook Live and YouTube videos as “speak(ing) from the balcony like a dictator.”
In my text reply to Governor Bevin, I affirmed his point that he never tried to steer the questioning in our radio interviews but that calling editorialists “liars” and projecting eternal damnation for preachers who offer differing opinions on the value of prayer patrols led to my “shouting from the balcony” reference.
Citing God’s creation of a diverse Kentucky population, I projected that God directs all humans to “teach, love, understand, and listen to each other.”
I suggested to the governor that he continue a “furiously curious exchange of ideas between the power structure and the trained, experienced, secular press (not Facebook Live fanboy comment bubbles)…good counterpoints for your frame of reference.”
The next scheduled radio interview for Governor Bevin and me is Tuesday, July 11 at 5:35 on 840WHAS. Stream it at whas.com
His last appearance on my show was May 3rd where we talked about Louisville’s murder rate and the governor’s controversial home purchase, something Gov. Bevin noted in his texts.
“You and I have spoken about my home multiple times…I believe each of the last three times…see how ‘skittish’ (your exact word) about that topic or any topic I have ever been with you.”
The governor and I have indeed discussed his home on the previous two interviews, although the Lexington Herald-Leader denounced it as a “softball session.” Jelly much, Herald?
My chats with guests are not intended to be combative. They are to extract information and let the listener react according to their own biases. That’s the beauty of long form radio content. It offers unedited insight into the minds of the guests and the host.
“The Media” is not, as Trump said, “the enemy of the American people.” We, the media, offer a universe of content to fit into a very localized mind. The listener/viewer/reader then processes that content to affirm, enlighten, or change their preconceived views.
It’s all good. Mind expansion is life’s greatest gift.
SHOW OR NO SHOW?
Scheduled WHAS Radio interviews with Governor Bevin in mid-May and mid-June, both prior to my interviews with Bill Lamb, were suddenly cancelled because of unforeseen “scheduling” issues even though the governor appeared on other radio shows earlier on those same days.
I look forward to July 11th to see if Governor Bevin and I can move past playground talk of lying liars and their lying lies and get back to talking about Kentucky’s executive and legislative agendas to improve the commonwealth.
When asked for comment on Matt Bevin’s latest YouTube video smackdown labeling Lamb a liar, WDRB’s leader replied: “Your tax dollars at work.” 🙂
There are lots of great things happening in Kentucky. Let’s laugh at silly sideshows but remain focused on much work ahead to move Kentucky forward, and whether Matt Bevin’s media wrangling is really a warmup for an even bigger job.
UPDATE ON JULY 11, 2017
Governor Matt Bevin did indeed show up on my radio show. In fact, he called at 5:05 and I told him that John Yarmuth was actually scheduled at that time so he could check back in 30 minutes later. He happily agreed and called back at the appointed time.
We did not discuss the dustup over media coverage in our private off-the-air exchanges or during the interview. Here is the complete radio audio.
Five-time Super Bowl champs the New England Patriots visited the White House yesterday. Some players choose to politicize the moment by announcing that they won’t attend to show opposition to President Donald Trump.
The New York Times tweeted comparison photos from 2017 to the Patriots’ last visit in 2015 when Barack Obama was in office.
— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) April 19, 2017
One problem. The arrangements were significantly different but left out of the N.Y. Times demeaning visual comparison.
These photos lack context. Facts: In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn. https://t.co/iIYtV0hR6Y
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 20, 2017
A few years ago, 34 New England Patriots players attended the ceremony compared with 32 yesterday. Most noteworthy, quarterback Tom Brady (a friend of President Trump) announced that he could not attend yesterday due to urgent family issues. Brady’s mother has been very ill. The NY Times did a thorough job explaining all of this in its news story. The NY Times tweet (top of this page) was misleading.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 20, 2017
The winningest Super Bowl franchise are owned by Robert Kraft, who is one of Trump’s best friends. Kraft spoke at the White House, drawing the parallel of his team’s fourth quarter comeback to that of Trump’s final surge to win the 2016 election.
Hey New York Times, partisan much? Even the team’s hometown paper, the liberal Boston Globe, had to let some truth shine in while hedging its bet in reporting thru its Democrat prism.
UPDATE: Patriots say # of players was smaller this year than 2015 (34 vs. 50) but total delegation was roughly the same. pic.twitter.com/Ij77Def8z5
— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) April 20, 2017
The Patriots ultimately posted this photo to illustrate that a full staircase image was available to the media but the NY Times decided to make a false equivalency. And this is what is killing our media business. Partisanship must permeate even a Super Bowl celebration for a divided electorate. Sad!
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 20, 2017
Well. There was a full staircase after all, eh NY Times? But don’t let that get in the way of your narrative. (Is Jayson Blair running the Twitter team?)
NBC’s Saturday Night Live skewered Kentuckians (clueless, inaccurate accents, Wal-Mart clothing) for supporting insincerely coal-conscious President Donald Trump. The positioning is that Kentuckians voted against their own interests by electing a leader who uses their lack of understanding to boost his own political scorecard.
Of course Trump won in Democrat-heavy states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio but SNL gets better laughs torching Kentucky.
If the Kentucky sketch was a misdirection that ignores heavy Trump resistance in Louisville, Lexington, and Northern Kentucky, the parody of a New York cable news host was on point. SNL offered a brilliant takedown of embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. Saturday Night Live tossed Alec Baldwin n the dual role of both Trump and O’Reilly. Outstanding! We’ll do it LIVE!
HELLO KETTLE, MEET BLACK – Alec Baldwin has his own notorious trail of misbehavior toward women, his own daughter, and paparazzi over the years. NBC’s parent company fired Baldwin a few years ago after multiple instances of profane public rage directed at photographers.
Baldwin was rehired by NBC to play Trump as the 2016 presidential campaign advanced.